Enfield boys’ soccer team emphasizes family

By jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Sep. 15, 2011
Tony Perrone works to get the ball away from a Stafford player in Enfield's game on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The Raiders won 2-0 in their first game. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.
Tony Perrone works to get the ball away from a Stafford player in Enfield's game on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The Raiders won 2-0 in their first game. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.

“Small, young and fast,” were the words coach John Mancuso used to describe the Enfield High School boys’ soccer team. Following a 5-11 record last season, the Raiders recently won their first game against Stafford at home, 2-0.

“They played very well,” said Mancuso of the Sept. 13 game, but he added that he wants to see his team develop more of a “killer instinct” to continue playing hard even when they are ahead. He describes his team as young because, while he has eight seniors, he only has a handful of students who have played at the varsity level before.

However, Mancuso is proud of the leadership his seniors have exhibited so far this season.

“We’re emphasizing family this year,” said senior Kyle Casey, one of the team’s captains, “no matter if you’re JV or varsity.” Casey said this is seen in how both teams practice together and come together before and after practices and games to “break it,” as they say.

“We also help each other on and off the field,” said goalie Nick Romei. The goalie position is one strength both Mancuso and team captains Dan Critz and Tony Perrone mentioned. Defense is another.

One area Mancuso feels needs work after the first game is touch. “First touch is critical,” he said. “We need good passing on the ground, ball control and more communication.”

Romei also mentioned communication, though he is one of the more vocal players on the field, helping players downfield by calling out things they cannot see.

Critz’s goal for his team is to make it back to states. Last season was the first year in several that the Raiders did not qualify.

Following the win against Stafford, the captains were positive about the win but felt they could have done better. “It was a good tune-up,” said Critz, “but we didn’t play to our full capability.”

“We showed we could have a bright season,” said Romei.


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